My ole’ friend Slipslappy asks a question…
So, I write a post a couple days ago in which I wonder if anyone out there misses me, to which only Slipslappy responds. I’m not real sure if that means no one actually does miss me, or if I just haven’t posted in so long that everyone took my blog out of their readers. The blog is still getting over 1,000 page views a day, although a lot of that traffic is hitting my Kara attunement guide.
It’s hard to get a sense of what’s going on from WordPress stats as I’ve come to mistrust them a bit. My “I’m not dead” post only got 8 hits today so far according to WordPress, but the last link in the post was hit 18 times. Now, momma didn’t raise no dummy, I know there isn’t a 1:1 correlation between a post view and a link hit, but 8 to 18 seems pretty high.
So, I’m not sure what’s going on. Nor do I care. I’m trying to get a marriage back together and that takes some time.
But Slip asked a pretty good question: “Do you miss your Druid”?
The short answer? Hell ya, I do!
The longer answer? Things have changed. I definitely feel the itch to play, but not like I did before. This game can definitely be addicting. Add to that, a bad relationship where both parties were looking for things to occupy their time so they didn’t have to spend time with each other, and it became even more of a time-filler. Now that my wife and I are back together and have worked many issues out, that “must play to avoid wife…” feeling is gone obviously, but something else happened. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but that sense of urgency and feeling like you had to play is mostly gone too. Not that I want to play, or enjoy playing, just a subtle realization that there are much more important things in life than Cenarion Expedition rep or Moroe’s Lucky Pocketwatch.
Again – don’t get me wrong. I definitely want to get back to playing Amanna, I just don’t need to.
But when I think about playing again I bump up against my other issue which is how I will play. I certainly won’t be on for 3-4 hours 5 nights out of the week. That just won’t fly with The Mrs. And honestly, I’m not sure I want to play that much anymore. But when I do play, I want it to be focused and productive; either pounding out group quests, grinding rep / running instances, or raiding. And my current guild just isn’t much help on any of these.
My guild leadership are nice folks and I certainly don’t want to bad-mouth them here. We have little to no guild-drama, everyone is allowed to play how they want, and by and large most folks in the guild are pretty helpful. But they aren’t a fit for these reasons:
- Raid schedule is Thursday through Saturday. I could possibly make a Thursday, but weekends are for family. So, all I would ever be able to make is first night of a raid. I would really like a guild where I could raid Monday and Tuesday night, which are much more do-able nights for me as we almost never have anything going on.
- My guild is very laid-back. I used to think that was a good thing, until I started raiding with them. Whereas casual, laid-back game play is good, casual, laid-back raiding is bad. At least to me. I want a guild where I can approach raiding with a more business-like approach: everyone shows up on time, everyone has their pots and buffs and equipment is appropriately repaired, we start on time, we don’t screw around with trash mobs, etc. I don’t want to lose the fun, but you can be effecient and still have fun.
- My guild has gotten a bit too big. Last time I was logged in and someone joined, our guild leader said that put us over 500 members. I don’t mind a big guild, and I’ve been in it long enough that I know most of the guild leadership, but I think a big guild becomes a bit cliquey and it’s hard to get anyone focused on specific tasks. I’d love to find a small group of folks that all worked together to move everyone forward in the guild equally.
So, when I think that through, all I can come up with is I need to be in a different guild that matches what will most likely be a very different approach to playing WoW. I have absolutetly no experience in researching guilds, nor do I know a ton of people that play (other than bloggers). That task alone has kept me from logging back on very much, not to mention that I haven’t brought the topic up to my wife yet again. We’re going away this weekend to celebrate our anniversary, so maybe when we get back.
Just rambling on, not really trying to make a point or ask for input. However, if anyone out there has experience finding a new guild, OR someone is currently in a guild that sounds like what I’m looking for and you’re looking for an “above-average” feral druid (with their own blog), then let me know. I do hope to start playing again soon, but with the limited time I’ll have it has to be worthwhile.